By RILEY MONTGOMERY
Do you want your children or future grandchildren growing up in Coal-buquerque, New Mexico? As a New Mexico native, I know first-hand that New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the U.S. – in fact, New Mexico has 300 sunny days a year.
The solar industry has increased its job growth by 19.9 percent by providing more than 23,000 jobs since September 2012; that is more than 10 times the national employment growth rate, which increased a measly 1.9 percent. The increase in solar power jobs makes New Mexicans rely less on fossil fuels.
This comes as good news to New Mexicans because New Mexico currently ranks 10th in the U.S. for solar power jobs. Solar power is not only providing jobs for New Mexicans and pulling people out of unemployment, but it is also saving people money. Solar companies report 51.4 percent of customers are going solar to save money, and another 22.9 percent because costs are now competitive with utility rates (www.environmentamerica.org.)
Solar energy is renewable and clean; it isn’t polluting our land, water, and air like fossil fuels are. It’s also providing New Mexicans with jobs and is saving New Mexicans money. New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the nation and this opportunity needs to be taken advantage of. Action and support for solar energy needs to be taken now.